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CD REVIEW: Ushers: The Front Of House Musical – Original Cast Recording

Music: Yiannis Koutsakos Lyrics: James Oban and Yiannis Koutsakos Book: James Rottger Reviewer: Laura Orton Ushers: The Front of House Musical tells a story of the unsung heroes of theatre – the ordinarily invisible ushers. There are six characters in this show and each of them have their own story of dreams and aspirations. Among the ensemble numbers, a solo ...

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Allan Stewart’s Big Big Variety Show – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since winning a competition at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom at the ripe old age of 10, Allan Stewart has been a variety entertainer: from Sunday Night at the London Palladium to extensive cruise ship entertainment schedules, if anyone is qualified to stage a variety show, it’s Stewart. Still a strong vocal performer with a sharp wit, Stewart opens ...

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The Mistress Cycle – Landor Theatre, London

Writer: Beth Blatt Music: Jenny Giering Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Regular readers of the broadsheets will have noticed a minor undercurrent of fascination with the French idea of keeping a cinq à sept popping up fairly regularly in the past few months. Infidelity is a hot topic, whatever you call it and however much you dress it up ...

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Never Mind the Botox – White Bear Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Nick Reed Reviewer: Stephen Bates Welcome to Evergreen’s, a clinic in deepest Essex where youth and beauty can be restored at the stroke of a scalpel, Michael Jackson’s 'Man in the Mirror' plays on a loop and floors may be a little dusty because the vacuum cleaner is being used for liposuction procedures. Nick Reed’s new farce ...

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Private Peaceful – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor/Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: John Roberts “I want to believe in Heaven, that there is life after death!” Based on the true stories of 300 British soldiers who were shot for cowardice during World War I – Michael Morpurgo’s tragic but beautifully constructed story hits an emotional punch as Tommo Peaceful recounts his life story on the ...

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The Tyburn Tree – Brighton Dome, Brighton

John Harle and Marc Almond Reviewer : Steve Turner Tonight’s The Tyburn Tree collaboration between John Harle and Marc Almond has all the right ingredients for a wonderful show: talented composer, powerful and familiar singer and very adept backing musicians. Unfortunately there is something lacking in the mixing of these ingredients and the result is a curious melange of pompous ...

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Kernow King: Splann – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Kernow King left his beloved Cornwall for one night, on St Piran's Day no less, to come and entertain the people of Salford and entertain he did. Kernow is the Cornish word for Cornwall and this is very Cornish centric comedy but no less funny for that. Kernow King opens his show by asking how many people ...

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Opera North: The Girl of the Golden West– The Lowry, Salford

Music by: Giacomo Puccini Libretto Guelfo Civini and Carlo Zangarini Director: Aletta Collins Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Sung in Italian with a story set during the California gold rush ‘The Girl of the Golden West’ could be described as a ‘spaghetti opera’. The gold miners who patronise The Polka saloon are not clichéd hard drinking gamblers. Instead they ...

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